Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The diocese, joined by Catholic Charities and the Springfield diocese, wanted to be exempt from a mandate that it must provide employee insurance that funds birth control and sterilization.
A lawsuit seeking to exempt the Catholic Diocese of Joliet and others from having to comply with a federal law mandating that its employee health insurance cover contraception and sterilization costs has been rejected by a federal judge. The diocese, which was joined in the suit by the Diocese of Springfield and Catholic Charities in Chicago, Joliet and Springfield, argued that the mandate violated the organizations' 1st Amendment rights guaranteeing religious freedom. According to a story published by the Catholic Conference of Illlinois, U.S. Judge John Darrow's ruling rejected the organizations' arguments. "Darrah stated the plaintiffs have no standing since religious organizations have been granted a 'safe harbor' until Aug. 1, 2013 to…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Martha Villegas Miranda was cited for her dedication to the diocese's mission when receiving the St. Francis Xavier Partnership in Mission Award.
Lewis University in Romeoville submitted this story: Martha Villegas Miranda, Lewis University coordinator of ministry outreach, received the 2012 St. Francis Xavier Partnership in Mission Award at the Joliet Diocese Partnership in Mission’s 8th annual Faith Promise Dinner. “Martha is a special person who is dedicated to our mission, her love and passion for the university mission leads others in a Christ-like manner. She inspires others to serve during mission and upon returning home,” commented Bruce Carlson, missions coordinator in the Joliet Diocesan Office of Human Dignity. The St. Francis Xavier Award is presented to a missioner of the Joliet Diocese who has demonstrated special dedication to the mission of the diocese, an exemplary …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Bishop Daniel Conlon said "for the sake of the greater good," the Rev. F. Lee Ryan will not be allowed to return to limited ministry.
Joliet Bishop Daniel Conlon has reversed his decision to allow a priest accused of having a sexual misconduct with a teen in the 1970s to return to ministry, according to a published report. Last week, Conlon had allowed the Rev. F. Lee Ryan to do limited religious work by ministering to homebound parishioners in Watseka and Crescent City, despite having been removed from the ministry in May 2010 in light of allegations that he had a relationship with a teenage boy 28 years earlier, the Chicago Tribune reported. Conlon said his decision was based on the fact that the allegation did not meet the criteria of a crime under church law at that time. The ruling stirred a huge amount of controversy, especially in light of Conlon's earlier …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Parishes will begin using revised Roman Missal Nov. 27.
This year, Catholics across the English-speaking world will begin the Advent season reciting from a revised version of the Roman Missal, which contains prayers and instructions for the celebration of Mass. Fr. Herb Essig, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bolingbrook, said the new version of the missal was prepared “in response to a document written by Pope John Paul II, who wanted the translation of the Roman Missal revised to conform more literally to the Latin.” According to the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the English edition of the reformed liturgy of the Second Vatican Council (popularly known as “Vatican II") was published in the U.S. in 1973 and revised again in 1975. In 2000, in accordance …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The group volunteered at an orphanage, two day care centers, a hospital supported by the Joliet Diocese, a neurological hospital for children and a soup kitchen.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Three Lewis University students from Bolingbrook were among more than two dozen volunteers sent to Sucre, Bolivia, to help serve children living in poverty. Karen Dizon, Colleen Lynch and John Michelli were all part of a group of 25 volunteers that participated in the 2011 University Mission trip, which was coordinated by the Diocese of Joliet Peace and Social Justice Ministry Office. Benedictine University, the University of St. Francis, Elmhurst College and Illinois State University also sent students on the trip. The group volunteered at an orphanage, two day care centers, a hospital supported by the Joliet Diocese, a neurological hospital for children and a soup kitchen. They worked in different barrios and the students rotated so that…
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Group seeks to maintain policy of referring civil union couples to other child welfare agencies.
According to a Chicago Tribune report, lawyers for Catholic Charities in the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet are seeking an emergency injunction that would protect religious agencies who turn away unmarried couples who want to become foster parents—including couples in civil unions. The group filed the petition today in a Sangamon County Circuit Court, the report says. Romeoville has one church, St. Andrew the Apostle, within the Diocese of Joliet. In June, Illinois began allowing same-sex couples to acquire marriage licenses. The charities, according to the report, asks the court to declare that they are legally justified to preserve their current policy of exclusively granting licenses to married couples and single, non-…